Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

Phase 1 of this national, multi-year project will put into use hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses. In this trial, three to four cities will work with Canada’s manufacturers and academic researchers to achieve the following:

  • Launch and monitor 30 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses for a full life cycle (up to 18 years);
  • Design and use low-emissions hydrogen fueling stations and fueling networks, based on the green model of Enbridge-Hydrogenics in Markham, Ontario.

Hydrogen-fuel-cell technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen generation (using rapid-response electrolysis) could be an effective solution for storing and balancing surplus power on the grid.

CUTRIC aims to launch an Innovation P3(C) (i.e., an innovative public-private partnership) to supply, finance, maintain, and operate the:

  • Hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses
  • Hydrogen supply chain
  • Necessary infrastructure (like new garage components)
  • Lifecycle fuel supply
  • Lifecycle bus and charging system tracking and performance monitoring

Intellectual Property and Research Outcomes

We recruited seven universities and colleges for our National Advisory Committee for Zero-Emissions Buses for research related to alternate transit systems, including cybersecurity, performance, design, and consumer acceptance. We expect outcomes that:

  • Show how hydrogen fuel cell electric buses operate on roads and along routes, including how much hydrogen they consume; 
  • Assess the cybersecurity of the buses; 
  • Show how hydrogen buses can be made to operate more cheaply than diesel buses;
  • Design standards for harmonized hydrogen fuelling systems operations for heavy-duty vehicles. 

Intellectual Property and Research Outcomes

CUTRIC has created an advisory committee composed of three research institutes that conduct research related to hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses and fueling systems, including their operation, design, and consumer acceptance. 

The aim of the National Advisory Committee for Zero Emissions Buses is to:

  • Develop CloudTransit™ for cloud-based data storage and analysis to measure and assess real-time operations, improve specifications for buying, and share data across cities;
  • Compare actual performance with potential performance, nationally and regionally, for Canadian standards for heavy-duty fuel-cell vehicles, fueling, and storage; and
  • Reduce hydrogen costs for transit agencies and connect hydrogen production networks.

Project Manager: Aditya Ramesh  ([email protected])

Industry Partners

ABB Group Ballard Power Systems Inc. Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Hydrogenics New Flyer Industries Siemens Canada

Transit Partners

Post-Secondary Partners

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Centennial College York University